Cujo recreates a classic with his Alumni Game mask
Curtis Joseph – known fondly as Cujo by his numerous fans around the NHL – has been out of the game for a few years now.
When he steps out on the ice for the upcoming Centennial Classic Alumni game, though, expect him to look a bit familiar.
Cujo got together with mask artist Sylvie Marsolais of Sylabrush to create his new design for the Alumni game, which was revealed on Saturday morning. Per Marsolais, the two tried to keep things as close to the memorable designs as possible:
“For this one,” Marsolais told InGoal, “we wanted to stay close to his original design with Toronto, without doing an exact replica of it. On each side you can see the Maple Leafs new logo with Curtis Joseph nickname inside of them.”
Cuji was always known for his distinct rabid dog design, paying tribute to the iconic Stephen King novel and horror film about the dog named Cujo. It’s been paid tribute to in the recent past, as Brian Elliott honored the long-time starter with his own mask last January – but this will be the first time in a few years that the design proper will be brought back into effect.
Joseph, who skated out for the Leafs from 1998-2002 before coming back for his farewell year in 2008-09, will be featured on the Toronto alumni roster today.
Here are a few more looks at the mask: